Went to get Duffy out last night to get ready for riding, and two girls, I'm guessing around 10/11 who help my friend with her pony were poking their fingers through her door to stroke her. I chastised them gently and asked them not to (finger nibble, nibble, nom! And she used to have a bad habit of kicking the door for attention) explaining in my best German she doesn't understand the difference between carrots and fingers.
Got all my tack and grooming box out... and they stood patiently, I was wondering what was coming next
'PLEASE PLEASE PRETTY PLEASE CAN WE BRUSH DUFFY'... in English... they must have practised bless them, neither have ever uttered a word in English to me before... their reasoning? They saw me get chucked off and I need to be careful of my back... they'll get the moutning block so they can see over the top of her... little tear in my eye!
I had to gently let them down... its not something I can risk with such a big horse, if she shifts and knocks one of them over or anything worse I'd never forgive myself... but they held her whilst I put my hat on etc and she put her head right down, breathing all over them xD
See, if only adults could be more like the kids!!
Aww that is so cute! Bless their hearts
It is amazing how gently horses can be with the wee folk. Maybe you can find a way to work then into some small part of her care. I bet she'd walk nicely with them on her back. I dont' know the liability laws in Germany but I love it when young folks want to be with horses. It's very important to bring in the next generation of horse people to keep the sport alive and healthy into the future.
Thats my plan. I want Duffy completely humainified, if that makes sense ;)
I would trust her to lead one of the girls on, but with winter coming the school has 6+ big WB's in every night, and it wouldn't be safe, or fair to the other riders. My aunt got on her a couple of weeks ago, complete beginner, and just led her round- brilliant!
At the moment with grooming though, she's a bit of a pig! not dirty, just shifting left and right to see whats going on. We'll get there. Weekdays just don't give me enough time xD
But heck- two weeks holiday as of Friday :)
That's really lovely and very kind of you to let them 'help.' :-)
I used to keep my horse with a friend on our own rented land near a school and we got a group f kids coming down regularly everyday to spend time with the horses and they were so keen to learn and so inquisitive.
Well I can remember what I was like at that age, didn't ride, but still wanted to help out as much as possible and some people were horrid and said burger off, so I don't want to be one of them.. and I always give them mini lessons when they ride.. they love it!
Awh that's so cute :-)
Oh my gosh, how adorable! They sound like very sweet girls.
They are, and they soak any info up like sponges!
Whereas I am not a big fan of kids running around a yard, there are exceptions to the rule, and their mum is always around.
I lived in town and never was able to have a horse until I was old enough to buy and board one on my own. My best friends when I was 6 years old back in the 60s were a stable just out of town that had a lovely grey and a young man in town who was breaking out a beautiful roan. If I went to the stable and hung out I always got a walk about on the grey when he was being cooled out. His owner was very kind. The young man who was breaking out his roan would walk him about town every day under tack to get him used to traffic before breaking him out. He would put me up on him and I would get a one hour ride every evening in the summer. My mother never knew where I was most days but always knew if she could find out where the horses where I wouldnt be far....LOL
A small black pony named Trigger and a kindly farmer also were an influence back then.
It was the generosity of others that kept my passion for horses alive when I was too young to own my own horse so I never hesitate to give a small child a ride whenever they want a ride. As Tiny says it is those influences that keep our generations of horse people going.
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